Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Be employable, study philosophy

But a smattering of undergrad philosophy classes taught me something applicable to any and every job: clarity of thought. Name me one aspect of your life that doesn’t benefit from being able to think something through clearly.
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Fall Philosophy Events

Mark your calendars for our fall Philosophy events.

Film and Philosophy series

The second Friday of every month from 3:00-6:00 we screen and discuss a feature film.

Friday, September 13, 3:00-6:00 Digitorium (GH) The Matrix (1999)
Friday, October 11, 3:00-6:00 Digitoriium (GH) Fight Club (1999)
Friday, November 8, 3:00-6:00 GH 316 High Noon (1952)

Philosophers' Cafe

The fourth Friday of every month from 3:00-4:00 we invite the larger community to join us as we discuss a provocative philosophical issue.

Friday, September 27, 3:00-4:00 GH 316 Race and gender in the American justice system
Friday, October 25, 3:00-4:00 GH 316 Is there a moral grammar?
Friday, November 22, 3:00-4:00 GH 316 Wikileaks, Hacktivism and the ethics of whistle-blowing 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates

Philosophy majors tend to do well on GRE exams, particularly the verbal and analytic sections.
Philosophy departments focus heavily on logical reasoning and identifying logical fallacies, most likely leading to philosophy students' dominance of the verbal and analytical writing sections.
Buzz Blog: Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Coming this fall: Viva Humanities! @ NKU

Have you thought about how studying the humanities would prepare you for life and a career? 
Viva Humanities is a semester-long celebration of the valuable skills and competencies developed through studying and working in the humanities. 
We have scheduled a six-speaker series of very successful professionals who want to share with you how the humanities helped make them into the people they are today. 
Hear for yourself how English, History, Philosophy and World Languages and Literatures can prepare you to be successful in today’s world of high speed analysis, decision-making, change and communication.
Viva Humanities

Sunday, July 21, 2013

the mad dog naturalist

Alex Rosenberg
Alex Rosenberg, a philosopher of science at Duke, is interviewed at 3:AM Magazine.
Alex Rosenberg is the mad dog proponent of nice nihilism who broods on the implications of naturalism. He is always thinking about the relationship between science and religion, science and its laws, reductionism, Dan Dennett, the philosophy of biology, about why scientific realism is better than instrumentalism, giving the atheist a guide, why it’s ok not to have freewill, why Fodor was wrong about Darwinism, why economics is mostly mathematical politics and is improving but still faces the reflexivity problem, about how biology is growing in importance in the social sciences and about analytical metaphysics and recent disputes. This one bites!
the mad dog naturalist » 3:AM Magazine

Friday, July 12, 2013

Professor Retires

Some of our friends of the Philosophy Program might have heard already that Professor Bob Trundle has retired this summer. We was a member of the university for 26 years and taught a wide variety of courses for our program.

Prof. Trundle was scheduled to teach several courses in the fall and over the summer we worked to cover many of those classes. We will cancel the Existentialism course (PHI 305) for this fall but plan to offer it again next fall. Nancy Hancock will cancel her PHI 360 Environmental Philosophy course and take over Dr. Trundle's PHI 280 History of Ancient Philosophy class. The general education classes will all be offered as scheduled.

Those still looking for PHI classes should consider PHI 311 Philosophy of Women, PHI 350 Philosophy of Religion, PHI 375 Ethical Theories and PHI 394 Philosophy of Love. All of these have seats remaining.